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    Default Can't be creative if you are bored?

    Boredom seems more or less inversely correlated to creativity no? Why is that?

    Other things that I think stifle creativity:

    Too much routine

    Fear for safety (physical, economic, emotional, etc)

    An environment that does not foster freedom of expression

    Being controlled

    Any others? What makes you become more/less creative?
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    For me, boredom doesn't stifle my creativity. If anything, it gives me a reason to do something creative. I agree with the rest of your list though.

    Also, something I find personally that helps me creatively is having a lot of ornamental objects around me. If the room I'm in is minimalistic and bland with no interesting knick-knacks around, then my mind tends to be stagnant. My imagination flourishes when I can look around my environment for inspiration while at the same time having a safe haven to work in.
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    Meditation helps me stay focused so in a way that's going to make me more creative.

    Seeing contradictions and what that could implicate stirs my imagination.

    Watching too much TV kills my creativity.

    Reading books can also help build creativity.

    Being too sad kills creativity. (Although I think those who are suicidal after they start agreeing with suicide is the answer and get optimistic in a dark morbid way)
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    Infatuation with women kills my creativity. Getting stuck on issue for too long with little knowledge is bad

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    i have trouble creating when i am satisfied... my creative process is based in being unhappy with something external or internal... if i am satisfied and engaged, why would i feel the need? i have no real reply to my own question, so i become stagnant (creatively speaking) in those circumstances...
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    Creativity hits me most obviously in two ways, when I have limitations and have to solve a problem within narrow confines, or when my emotions speak loud enough where not expressing them in some way feels like a sin.

    Creativity is such a broad and loose term though. In reality I use it every day in the way I think and do things, but the above mentioned circumstances are when my creativity feels more like a tool and sits at the forefront of my consciousness.

    Actually... Hmm, I'm starting to wonder what IS creativity? Is it strictly a tool? Something more innate and natural?? Questions...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obfuscate View Post
    i have trouble creating when i am satisfied... my creative process is based in being unhappy with something external or internal... if i am satisfied and engaged, why would i feel the need? i have no real reply to my own question, so i become stagnant (creatively speaking) in those circumstances...
    That actually seems a bit insane to me. The reason to create for me is because of the beauty or elegance of the thing itself. That fills me with wonder and awe. Don't get me wrong I can be creative when bullshit arises, but I think of that as more like troubleshooting. It seems like work to me not something fun

    Quote Originally Posted by Stargaze View Post
    For me, boredom doesn't stifle my creativity. If anything, it gives me a reason to do something creative. I agree with the rest of your list though.

    Also, something I find personally that helps me creatively is having a lot of ornamental objects around me. If the room I'm in is minimalistic and bland with no interesting knick-knacks around, then my mind tends to be stagnant. My imagination flourishes when I can look around my environment for inspiration while at the same time having a safe haven to work in.

    That's actually a really interesting observation that never would have occurred to me. I think I know what you're talking about. What I mean by bored is just a low stimulation environment. I feel like nothing is happening. It feels like white noise or just stagnation and it makes me want to either a) find more stimulation or b) if I am tired of have been pushing myself too much meditation can help (but to properly meditate you have to be able to cast aside your problems/drama for a nice chunk of time and these days I find that to be a luxury)
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    I think it's worth looking at where the boredom comes from because I think it is the state of losing creativity, because when you are in the zone there is no boredom ever. For me boredom is linked to anxiety, low blood sugar, and just feeling icky enough that my brain can't focus, I need rest, and my body distracts me. When feeling healthy and focused, the creativity comes more naturally. I don't think boredom is a deterrent to creativity, but it is the symptom of something else that deters creativity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Listening View Post
    That actually seems a bit insane to me. The reason to create for me is because of the beauty or elegance of the thing itself. That fills me with wonder and awe. Don't get me wrong I can be creative when bullshit arises, but I think of that as more like troubleshooting. It seems like work to me not something fun
    my primary reason to create is to relate (either to myself or others)... i don't have a lot of internal positive feelings to relate... my creativity is most strongly tied to poetry... i don't often write anything "uplifting", so being frustrated, angry, depressed, lonesome, or "what have you" makes it easier for me... i don't really like most happy/fluffy/romantic poetry, so it isn't appealing to me to write it... my creative process very much like trouble shooting... someone once told me that they would like me to teach their son how to write poetry, because they were having trouble with it (a friend of mine who also writes)... after a lot of explaining that i couldn't, she asked how i do it... the best i could come up with was this: "i look for words that click, and give them purpose"... it's all more analytical than emotional...

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    when i called it an analytical process, i may have given the impression that it was withought emotion... that isn't the case... it would be equally accurate to say that interpreting my emotions is an analytical process also... in fact, i often use writing as a tool to figure out how i feel at the moment... i am one of those people that for a long time was convinced that i had turned my emotions off... i managed to get them all functioning again, but i am still "disconnected" from them on some level... sometimes i don't realize how happy/angry/sad/whatever i am until i think about it analytically... so maybe calling it "insane" wasn't entirely off base...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Listening View Post
    That's actually a really interesting observation that never would have occurred to me. I think I know what you're talking about. What I mean by bored is just a low stimulation environment. I feel like nothing is happening. It feels like white noise or just stagnation and it makes me want to either a) find more stimulation or b) if I am tired of have been pushing myself too much meditation can help (but to properly meditate you have to be able to cast aside your problems/drama for a nice chunk of time and these days I find that to be a luxury)
    Boredom can be anything for me. I think what you're implying is if life in general feels dull instead of just little bursts of boredom here and there, right? If my life becomes too stagnant, then I would try finding new things to add meaning and value to it. It can be anything big or small. A new job, hobby, or even a change of scenery helps. Sometimes you have to shift areas of your life around in order for it to prosper and creativity would come naturally.

    Personally, I can always find something to keep me occupied. Meditation is a great outlet to improve creativity, and even just 5 minutes a day can make a real difference. I am also always searching for new artistic works that I find intriguing. I look up all kinds of different films, music, paintings, photography, and literature and take note of everything I like by either writing stuff down or drawing out ideas in a sketch book so that I don't forget. Additionally, I have various folders of references that I've accumulated over the years to look up when I am out of ideas. What keeps me sane is having a wide variety of interests so that my inner world doesn't become stagnant. That's just what works for me though.
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